Interview With Fir Beag, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-1-23

Text Below follow me at @ronanfromcork Fir Beag refer to themselves as a “West Cork Boy Band, kinda…” on their Facebook page, this kind of irreverence is also shown with the title each member is given; Fear Beag (meaning ‘Little Man’ – Liam Ahern on guitar and vocals), Fear Mór (‘Big Man’ – Gavin MooreContinue reading “Interview With Fir Beag, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-1-23”

Interview With Joe Carey, The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-1-16

Text Below follow me at @ronanfromcork     The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival reaches it’s 5th year next week, it’s main organiser Joe Cary spoke with Ronan Leonard about the festival’s history and plans. Firstly Joe explained how the festival came into being, “myself and friend Christy Leahy (best known for playing accordion with NorthContinue reading “Interview With Joe Carey, The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-1-16”

Interview With Drew Holcomb, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-1-16

Text Below follow me at @ronanfromcork   One of the Ballincollig Winter Music Festival’s signature elements is the pairing of the headline concerts between well established Irish acts with comparable but lesser known touring artists, the case on Sunday 26 January will be Cork favourite Mick Flannery who will be sharing the stage with DrewContinue reading “Interview With Drew Holcomb, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-1-16”

Interview With Del Amitri, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-1-16

Text Below follow me at @ronanfromcork     Scottish legends Del Amitri, best known for their classic hits ‘Nothing Ever Happens’, ‘Always Last To Know’, ‘Driving With The Breaks On’ and US Top 10 hit, ‘Roll To Me’ are returning to live performance after a 12 year hiatus in which time they have pursued variousContinue reading “Interview With Del Amitri, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-1-16”

Interview With The Henry Girls, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-1-9

Text Below follow me at @ronanfromcork     The Henry Girls, a trio of sisters from Donegal, have steadily over the last 10 years built up quite a committed following. Over this time they have sang at the Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle in front President McAleese and millions of viewers watching worldwide; worked onContinue reading “Interview With The Henry Girls, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-1-9”

Interview With Dirk Powell, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-1-9

Text Below follow me at @ronanfromcork A reunion on a film set in Romania in 2003 has eventually led to a quartet of world-class musicians from varying backgrounds to put together a tour around Ireland this month. Ronan Leonard spoke to one member, Dirk Powell, who will be joined by award winning flautist Michael McGoldrick,Continue reading “Interview With Dirk Powell, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-1-9”

Interview With Sharon Shannon, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-1-2

Text Below follow me at @ronanfromcork In recent years The Sharon Shannon Big Band has become a juggernaut of musical entertainment around Ireland and the globe, they will be rolling into Cork for a special Women’s Little Christmas concert in The Savoy on Monday 6 January. Ronan Leonard spoke with its bandleader Sharon Shannon andContinue reading “Interview With Sharon Shannon, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-1-2”

Interview With Joseph O’Leary, first published in The Evening Echo 2013-12-26

    It’s a concert that sold out within 24 hours and one that could have sold out 6 or 7 times over, but for the 300 or so people who did manage to get a ticket to FRED’s last ever concert it will be at a very special night. Entitled ‘The Last Hurrah’, itContinue reading “Interview With Joseph O’Leary, first published in The Evening Echo 2013-12-26”